Jasson Urbach | 14 Jul 2014 | Free Market Foundation
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared, "A post-antibiotic era—in which common infections and minor injuries can kill—far from being an apocalyptic fantasy, is instead a very real possibility for the 21st century". With few signs of new drugs becoming available, the rising trend of resistance to antimicrobial pharmaceuticals is one of the most critical and worrying issues facing the global community and has the potential to relegate humanity back to an era not experienced in decades.
With repeated exposure, germs develop resistance to antimicrobials which, eventually, cease to be effective in the treatment of particular illnesses. More and more resistant organisms, which include bacteria, fungi, viruses and some parasites, are withstanding attacks by antimicrobial medicines, such as antibiotics, antifungals, antivirals, and antimalarials, so that treatments are increasingly proving ineffective, allowing infections to persist.
Jasson Urbach & Donald Roberts | 09 May 2014 | Business Day (South Africa)
Last year, Prof Henk Bouwman of North-West University and co-authors published a paper in a respectable journal, Environmental Research, claiming that DDT spraying led to thinning of bird eggshells.
None | 05 May 2014 | Africa Fighting Malaria
The environmental science journal Environmental Research has published an article by nine malaria experts exposing major errors in a research paper on DDT and bird eggshells.
Jasson Urbach | 24 Apr 2014 | Business Day (South Africa)
In Southern Africa, the malaria season typically begins with the summer rains in November and ends in April. In this region, the co-ordination of malaria control efforts between neighbouring states has dramatically reduced the incidence of malaria.
Jasson Urbach | 24 Apr 2014 | Africa Fighting Malaria
Al Jazeera's report by Mara Kardas-Nelson (DDT's pesky proponents Apr. 21, 2014) rakes over old ground and is replete with misstatements and falsehoods.
Jasson Urbach | 15 Apr 2014 | Mail & Guardian
Claims that climate change will increase the spread of malaria are not new and have been made countless times. Repeatedly making the claim, however, does not make it true.
Jasson Urbach | 05 Apr 2014 | Saturday Star
The rising trend of resistance to pharmaceuticals is one of the most important and worrying topics raised at the International Congress on Infectious Diseases (ICID).
Jasson Urbach | 01 Apr 2014 | Cape Times
The developing world, Africa in particular, bears the greatest burden of the most deadly infectious diseases, which include HIV/Aids, malaria and TB.
Richard Tren | 16 Mar 2014 | Forbes
Some of history's greatest advances in public health - especially in regions plagued by insect borne diseases - have come from the judicious use of pesticides to kill or repel the insect vector before it can infect human populations.
Jasson Urbach & Donald Roberts | 27 Feb 2014 | Forbes
In recent dramatic and often unequivocal headlines—such as with this BBC article—"DDT: Pesticide linked to Alzheimer's—news agencies across the globe have been promoting claims that the insecticide DDT may cause Alzheimer's.